Damascene (Christensen)

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Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen) is a priestmonk and deputy abbot of St Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California.
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Hieromonk '''Damascene (Christensen)''' is a priestmonk and deputy [[abbot]] of St Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California.
  
 
==Biographical notes==
 
==Biographical notes==

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Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen) is a priestmonk and deputy abbot of St Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California.

Biographical notes

  • Raised as a nominal Christian
  • Came to believe that personal deities were a less enlightened truth than trans-personal experience (a la Buddhism).
  • Practised Zen Buddhism, with some spiritual experiences.
  • Studied at University of California Santa Cruz
  • c.1980: Met Fr Seraphim (Rose), who gave a lecture at UCSC.
  • Developed a dialogue with Fr Seraphim, who taught him that Truth was personal and Person (rather than abstract concept). Met Christ through this.
  • Eventually, Fr Seraphim became his spiritual father. Less than two years later, he was at Fr Seraphim's bedside at his repose.
  • Fr Damascene joined St Herman of Alaska Monastery, where he has lived for over 25 years.

Bibliography

  • Fr Seraphim Rose: His Life and Works
  • Christ the Eternal Tao
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